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Top 5 Draft Prospects by Position 3.0 – 2017

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Top 5 Draft Prospects by Position 3.0 – 2017
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 Round 3 for the Top 5 Draft Prospects of 2017. To stay up to date on the latest from Couch Potato General Manager join, subscribe and follow by clicking the links below:

Quarterbacks

Headley

  1. DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame
  2. Deshaun Watson, Clemson
  3. Mitchell Trubisky, North Carolina
  4. Brad Kaaya, Miami
  5. Nate Peterman, Pittsburgh

Synopsis – No change here and YES Patrick Mahomes is still not in my Top 5, he is going to get a NFL Head Coach fired if he is selected in the first round.

Drew

  1. Mitchell Trubisky, North Carolina
  2. DeShone Kizer, Notre Dame
  3. Deshaun Watson, Clemson
  4. Brad Kaaya, Miami
  5. Nate Peterman, Pittsburgh

Synopsis – Status quo here no change from previous Top 5.

Running Backs

Headley

  1. Dalvin Cook, Florida State
  2. Leonard Fournette, LSU
  3. Joe Mixon, Oklahoma
  4. Christian McCaffery, Stanford
  5. Alvin Kamara, Tennessee

Synopsis – Dalvin Cook is still my RB1. No athletic testing numbers will sway my opinion on the 3 years of tape he displayed at FSU.

Drew

  1. Dalvin Cook, Florida State
  2. Joe Mixon, Oklahoma
  3. Leonard Fournette, LSU
  4. Christian McCaffery, Stanford
  5. Alvin Kamara, Tennessee

Synopsis – Once more no change although McCaffrey may be a better fit for some teams than Fournette.

Wide Receivers

Headley

  1. Mike Williams, Clemson
  2. Corey Davis, Western Michigan
  3. John Ross, Washington
  4. Isaiah Ford, Virginia Tech
  5. Carlos Henderson, Louisiana Tech

Synopsis – There are a plethora of wide receivers that can go after the Top 3 (Williams, Davis & Ross) but I am going to stay with two of my favorites in Ford and Henderson. Some of the other guys who should be late first, second round picks are Zay Jones, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Curtis Samuel, Cooper Kupp & Chris Godwin.

Drew

  1. Corey Davis, Western Michigan
  2. Mike Williams, Clemson 
  3. Zay Jones, East Carolina
  4. Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington
  5. John Ross, Washington

Synopsis – Even though Davis didn’t run the tape is the tape and the man doesn’t look slow.

Tight Ends

Headley

  1. O.J. Howard, Alabama
  2. David Njoku, Miami
  3. Bucky Hodges, Virginia Tech
  4. Evan Engram, Ole Miss
  5. George Kittle, Iowa

Synopsis – Status Quo once again. I’ll give you a player not in my Top 5 that intrigues me the most, Gerald Everett. He looks natural as a route runner and receiver.

Drew

  1. O.J. Howard, Alabama
  2. David Njoku, Miami
  3. Bucky Hodges, Virginia Tech 
  4. Evan Engram, Ole Miss 
  5. Jake Butt, Michigan 5 

Synopsis – Engram may go higher due to his 40 time but I’m still comfortable rolling with Hodges. Jump ball anyone!!!

Offensive Tackles

Headley

  1. Ryan Ramczyk,​ Wisconsin ↑(2)
  2. Cam Robinson, Alabama ↑(3)
  3. Garett Bolles,​ Utah ↓(1)
  4. Antonio Garcia, Troy
  5. Roderick Johnson, Florida State

Synopsis – After watching all the tackles tape in its entirety, Ramczyk is the best and the most NFL ready due to his technical soundness in pass blocking and the road grader he is being a Wisconsin product. Not a very deep class after the Top 3.

Drew

  1. Ryan Ramczyk, Wisconsin
  2. Garett Bolles,​ Utah 
  3. Cam Robinson, Alabama 
  4. Antonio Garcia, Troy 
  5. Roderick Johnson, Florida State 

Synopsis – Not sure after Garcia that there is a clear cut 5th but I’ll go with potential and stay the course with Roderick Johnson.

Interior Offensive Lineman

Headley

  1. Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky
  2. Dan FeeneyIndiana 
  3. Pat Elflein, Ohio Sate
  4. Dion Dawkins, Temple ↑(NR)
  5. Taylor Moton, Western Michigan ↓(4)

Synopsis – Dion Dawkins’ tape blew me away with how sound he was as a technician playing tackle for the Owls. He will probably move inside at the next level due to his power in the run game but I believe he has the talent to stay on the outside as a right tackle. He is a very smart and aware player who gets a terrific jump off the snap while playing with a nastiness when finishing blocks. If I were to have a 5a player it would be Dorian Johnson. He is a very tough guy who started in 39 straight games for Pitt. Another technician who has power to drive linemen back and open up running lanes.

Drew

  1. Forrest Lamp, Western Kentucky 
  2. Pat Elflein, Ohio State 
  3. Taylor Moton, Western Michigan ↑(5)
  4. Dan Feeney, Indiana ↓(3)
  5. Ethan Pocic, LSU ↓(4)

Synopsis – I watched more of Pocic and he seems a  little lost if the he’s not double teaming or if the defender that he is supposed to be block isn’t clearly defined. Feeney is a mauler in the run game but in the pass game leaves a litte to be desired. Moton is just solid all the way around.

Interior Defensive Lineman

Headley

  1. Solomon Thomas, Stanford ↑(2)
  2. Jonathan Allen, Alabama ↓(1)
  3. Malik McDowell, Michigan State
  4. Caleb BrantleyFlorida
  5. Montravius AdamsAuburn

Synopsis – Last minute adjustment here for the top 2 guys along the interior. These guys are so similar in the way they approach the game and their ability to play edge and the interior equally. Thomas is a little quicker off the snap than Allen which will allow him to put up higher sack numbers and be a better penetrator in opposing teams’ backfields. Allen is no slouch and should be highly regarded as a force but his arthritic shoulders concern me some for his long term success.

Drew

  1. Jonathan Allen, Alabama
  2. Solomon Thomas, Stanford
  3. Caleb Brantley, Florida
  4. Malik McDowell, Michigan State
  5. Carlos Watkins, Clemson

Synopsis – No moves to report… but I must confess I did not have Allen in my Mock Draft 2.0 or my Top 50 Big Board. Can I leave Allen as my number 1 player at the DT position? If Allen can give you 10 quality years in lieu of the arthritic shoulders then he is number one here. If not, how long is long enough?

Headley

  1. Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
  2. Derek Barnett, Tennessee
  3. Taco Charlton, Michigan ↑(NR)
  4. Charles HarrisMissouri ↓(3)
  5. Demarcus WalkerFlorida State ↓(4)

Synopsis – Charles Harris and Demarcus Walker have to slide down 1 spot each due to the fearsome end Taco Charlton. Charlton at 6’3 277 pounds is one of the few edge rushers who can play the run just as well as he can get after the quarterback. He has a rare size/athleticism combination that will translate to the next level. He also possesses the bend needed to get around opposing tackles. I believe he will be a much better pro than he was at Michigan. Jordan Willis is someone moving up my board. He didn’t quite make the cut into the Top 5 but this class is loaded and he is another guy that gets after it in the run and pass game.

Drew

  1. Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
  2. Solomon Thomas, Stanford
  3. Derek Barnett, Tennessee
  4. Tim Williams, Alabama
  5. Carl Lawson, Auburn ↑(NR)

Synopsis – I moved in Lawson at 5 and moved out DeMarcus Walker. I love what Lawson brings to the table I just feel if he can stay healthy the sky is the limit. It’s a big “IF” though.

Linebackers

Headley

  1. Reuben Foster, Alabama
  2. Haason Reddick, Temple
  3. Jarrad Davis, Florida
  4. Duke Riley, LSU ↑(NR)
  5. Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt ↓(4)

Synopsis – Riley is one my sleepers in the draft who can outperform his value immediately at the next level. I love the way the former LSU product diagnoses and deciphers plays immediately and the speed he flashes covering ground to get to the ball carrier. Also he will not be a liability in passing situations as he opens his hips to run very fluidly which will help him cover tight ends and running backs out of the backfield. He is the next guy up from that LSU tree which included Kwon Alexander and Deion Jones in the last two years.

Drew

  1. Reuben Foster, Alabama
  2. Haason Reddick, Temple (3)
  3. Jarrad Davis, Florida (2)
  4. Duke Riley, LSU
  5. Zach Cunningham, Vanderbilt

Synopsis – Reddick is a player that can do many things and Davis just pop on the tape. I like the versatility that Haason offers just a little more, it was a back and forth thought but in the end Reddick is the higher player on my Big Board and you must stick to the board. When you think of the last two years of LB’s to come out of LSU they have flat out balled and I think this trend continues with Duke Riley.

Cornerbacks

Headley

  1. Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State
  2. Tre’Davious White, LSU
  3. Jalen “Teez” Tabor, Florida
  4. Quincy Wilson,​ Florida
  5. Kevin King, Washington ↑(NR)

SynopsisKevin King has the length and athleticism that many teams will covet in the first round of the NFL Draft. He will need to clean up his press technique and back pedal but what he does possess is an ability to finish plays as he turns his head around nicely and makes a play on the ball. I have no problem with Teez’s 40 time being around 4.6. On tape he didn’t really look slow or get beat deep often. There are many corners in the NFL that are not 4.4 speed guys making plays every single week including the Redskins’ Josh Norman.

Drew

  1. Quincy Wilson, Florida
  2. Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State 
  3. Sidney Jones, Washington 
  4. Tre’Davious White, LSU 
  5. Gareon ConleyOhio State 

Synopsis – I know Jones is hurt and probably will miss this year. But when he goes in the 3rd round it’ll tell me everything that I already know about him. He is everything you want in a CB a little refinement and he will be tops in the league for years to come.

Safeties

Headley

  1. Malik Hooker, Ohio State
  2. Jamal Adams, LSU
  3. Budda Baker, Washington
  4. Obi Melifonwu, Connecticut
  5. Tedric Thompson, Colorado

Synopsis – Same goes from my 2.0…Budda Baker looks like the second coming of Tyrann Mathieu with his ability to play up high safety, nickel corner and rush off the edges. Not the biggest guy, but has versatility like no other. Obi might make the switch to CB at the next level, but if he stays at safety I can see him having a Byron Jones type role. It was a close call at 5 between Tedric Thompson and Marcus Williams, but I chose Thompson because he is a slightly better tackler in run support.

Drew

  1. Jamal Adams, LSU
  2. Malik Hooker, Ohio State
  3. Budda Baker, Washington 
  4. Obi Melifonwu, Connecticut 
  5. Jabrill Peppers, Michigan 

Synopsis – Just one thing HAVE A PLAN FOR PEPPERS!!! IF YOU DO HE WILL COME INTO HIS OWN A LOT QUICKER!!! ALSO MAKE SURE HE TOUCHES THE DAMN BALL!!!

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